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they hold the government up a wall by its throat as a way to force the president to do something he doesn't want to do. so the republicans love this stuff. they have a plan. the republican leadership put forward their plan to keep the fight with president obama going for another three weeks. they were going to push back the homeland security shutdown for three more weeks so they could keep this fight with president obama going for three more weeks. so they put forward their own bill. three weeks of funding. that was the republican leadership's bill. they took a recess in the house, counted their votes, whipped their votes on both side to make sure they had enough to pass their own plan. when they were sure they had enough to pass their own plan they brought their own plan to
the floor. and their plan was not a good plan it turns out. because even though they had counted and were sure they had the votes, they didn't have the votes. nancy pelosi had to waited into the republican's mess and basically say, are you boys done here? do you need some help? and nancy pelosi gave the vote they needed to pass a short-term extension. and republicans this week just gave up. they gave up. yeah homeland security did not shut down. and republicans got nothing from president obama in exchange for pushing it right to the brink of shutting down. they got nothing. zero. that was their leverage. nothing. and so president obama held a signing ceremony and everything when it came time to sign on the dotted line. they couldn't even count their own votes on their own bill.
tada! the man in charge of counting the votes for the republicans in the house, the man they specifically picked for the job supposedly pause he would be so great counting the votes of the guys who like messing with the leadership so much. they like to make sure that the votes were lined up so anything they introduced they would know whether it would pass or not. things like what happened this past week would never happen. they have anked at the last minute their abortion bill their border bill and education bill. with hours to spare, they introduced and didn't yank and
failed to pass their own bill much to their own surprise which made them had to get rescuesed by nancy pelosi. that's why they had to get nancy pelosi. because of what he now describes as a mistake in his past. when he spoke to a white supremacist gathering in his home state of louisiana. you know david duke, the ku klux klan leader. steve steve scalise they should see him as david duke without the baggage. roll call did an article about
david duke at the time. david duke was a klan member. he made a kkk run for congress from louisiana in roll call for the article. they talked to other republicans in the state who might be interested in running for the seat. "another potential candidate, state representative steve scalise says he embraces many of the same views as david duke but he is more viable. they need to get behind someone who believes in the issues they care about but also can get elected. david duke has proven he can't get elected. they are smart enough to realize they need to get behind someone that can get elected. david duke has proven he can't get elected. that is the end of the quote. david duke has proven he can't get elected. but he, steve scalise, could. and he did. and then republicans this year,
this year the republican party made him their number three leader in congress. because she so good at counting the votes which actually he is terrible at. they never expressed so many concerns. during that whole controversy, they never said anything on the record that they ever have a problem with it. tomorrow, when thousands of people converge on selma, alabama to commemorate 50 years, president obama will be there with his family for the commemoration and the march across that bridge. congressman john lewis who led the march in 1965 and was beaten to the point of a fractured skull at that march will be there as well. he has at every congressmen commemoration year after year. please come with him to selma, to be there in person to remember selma. john lewis will be there for
this 50th commemoration. and more than 100 members of congress are expected to be there this week to commemorate selma. but from the republican controlled house, as of this afternoon, none of their leaders were going. this was the headline all day. g.o.p. leaders to skip selma event. none of the leaders of the house. steve scalise, kevin mccarthy, it might be awkward to send steve scalise. this was the word all day. no top republicans going to selma. thanks very much. and then late tonight as reported by dana bash, kevin mccarthy apparently had a change of heart. he has decided he will make the trip to selma after all. we reached out to his office and they confirmed the trip is now on his schedule. a late addition. the march in selma 50 years ago
was for voting rights. the blood spilled led to the passage of the voting rights act. the conservative majority gutted that same voting rights act saying if they would get those protections back. republicans in congress have refused to do that. so we're in a weird situation. former president george w. bush will be there at the selma march, tomorrow. and president obama will be there tomorrow with his family. and 100 members of congress will be there. up until tonight, none of the republican leadership was going to be there. mitch mcconnell will not either. his republican controlled senate is busy slow walking the nomination of the first every african-american woman nominated to be attorney general. she was nominated to be attorney general before a man named ash carter was nominated for defense secretary. she was nominated before him. no substantive objections have been raised to either
nomination. he is already serving, but the republicans in congress will not let there be a vote on her yet. she has waited longer than any nominee in decades for a vote on her nomination. mitch mcconnell has been very busy with that he won't with there this weekend. the last major national civil rights congressmen ration where the president spoke and it was a true national event was august, 2013. a massive, massive event held at the lincoln memorial to honor the march on washington from 50 years ago where dr. martin luther king brought his "i have a dream speech." republican leadership in congress in total skipped that event as well. none of them went. it is the selma march and event.
it is one thing to use these about the progress people can have. it is one thing to use thing things as a benchmark for the ragged dissatisfied march. one of the two major political parties right now don't even really care about the basic window dressing on this stuff any more. steve scalise, david duke without the baggage? sure, put him in the leadership. we won't say anything about the
david duke stuff, we're fine with it. voting rights act? no. selma? busy. this should not be a democratic or republican thing. honestly you would think it would be. in 2015 it inarguably is. joining me now congressman g.k. butterfield. chairman of the congressional black caucus. thank you for being here tonight, a pleasure to have you here. >> thank you, rachel. >> i know you will be in selma this weekend for the 50th anniversary. can you tell me what is means to you at this time in our country what it means to be at the commemoration. >> thank you rachel. 100 members of congress came in this afternoon.
it is a bipartisan delegation. we are here to commemorate the 50th an verse not only of the voting rights act but the 50th anniversary of bloody sunday. they will hopefully inspire and encourage many of my republican friends to understand the history of the voting rights movement and what it meant to the african-americans and eventually to the country. it's going to be a great weekend. >> there is a troubling contemporary fact right now is that there is a event. you have 100 members there. there is a bipartisan delegation, mr. kevin mccarthy saying late tonight that he will be attending. even though he hadn't previously planned to. there is a show of support while the actual voting rights act languishes. there doesn't seem to be any
rescue to try to bring it back. will this weekend be focused on that? >> it is good to hear that the majority leader kevin mccarthy is coming tomorrow to be part of this historic event. we want to make a case to our republican friends at the voting rights act needs to be repaired. two years ago the supreme court dealt a very severe blow. it eliminated section 5, which is that part of the law which protects the african-american communities all across the country from discriminatory voting changes. that part of the law is found to be unconstitutional and now we're waiting on congress to amend that part of the law so we can continue to enforce section five. we have groups all over the country that would participate in discriminatory actions if it were not for section five. this weekend is to commemorate bloody sunday.
>> are you optimistic about that, sir? you practice real politics, you have been very pragmatic. do you feel optimistic about that prospect? >> you know we talked about this about a year ago, and let me tell you. i believe after this weekend, my republican colleagues have witnessed what african-americans and the south went through. and i believe this will be enlightening to our friends, and remain hopeful and trusting that we can work the amendment for voting rights act. hoeuflly this weekend will be that turning point that will make that happen. >> thank you for your time tonight, i know it will be a powerful weekend and event there. enjoy. >> thank you.
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so another thing that we're keeping an eye on tonight is from congress and bob menendez of new jersey. word leaked out from unnamed sources that he may be indicted on corruption charges. the indictment of a serving u.s. senator is a very big deal. the investigation reportedly focuses on whether he used his office to help a donor friend of his. in exchange store giftors or contributions from that friend. senator menendez for his part he defended himself angrily. he said he did nothing wrong and he has no plans to step down. justice department officials have not commented on this story
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the runoff from the water they were spraying on the ripped open tanker car. the runoff that is water and oil, that is running off into a little makeshift pond along size the wreck on the train tracks. and that pond is getting full. they don't want to keep spraying more water to keep that burning car from exploding if they means the pond of oil runoff water will breech it's banks and goo into the gale in, a river, and the mississippi river, and the wild life refuge they're near. so they made the decision this afternoon to stop spraying water. stop spraying the water keeping that burning car from blowing up. they're stopping doing that so that car will blow up. they're making a decision about it.
look at this local decision. fire responders will retreat to a safe distance. the cessation of the water being sprayed on the take will cause a heat-induced tear. protecting the water way, but setting the thing off like a bomb. that car full of 70,000 gallons of crude oil. this is how we deal with bomb trains, oil trains, when they blow up. we let them burn because we have no choice. we let them blow up and hope they don't take too much with them when they go. that is the strategy. the one in west virginia burned for four days. and like that train, this new train, that is just derailed in galena, illinois. this train, too, was one of the ones with the new and improved
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today. there was a whole tv show on people who pan for gold. it is called "gold rush." it ayers on discovery channel. it has been on the air for five seasons while i apparently have been under a rock. but the whole thing is literally about people who pan for gold in alaska which is apparently big business there. it is apparently captivate to go watch it get done. millions of people watch the show every week. seriously, millions of people. same goes for something called "talking dead". you have heard the tv show about the zombies "walking dead." not that. there is an after show called "talking dead" that millions and millions of people watch every week after they watch "walking dead." even more millions that watch the "gold rush" on cable tv.
nobody in cable news has anything that can compete with like the gold mining show, or the talk show about the zombie show. the closest that anyone on cable news gets to good ratings, gets to the ratings of like "gold rush" or the recap show for "the walking dead" is the bill o'reilly. they're all conservative all the time. they're the big cahona. there is a problem that fox has not figured out what to do with. they have issued two corrections/clarifications where he said he was an eyewitness to nones being shot in the head in el salvador. fox news corrected and clarified
both of those remarks to say that he had not seen those things. he had only seen pictures of them. but they have not touched at all what appears to be mr. o'riley's claim to be near someone at the jfk assassination. he made the apparently false claims as recently as this past november. he has made apparently false claims can as recently as this past november. instead of correcting, apologizing, or publicly addressing the issues raised about whether their star anchor has misrepeatedly misrepresented
his own role in news stories, the initial instinct there has been to stand by him while he he attacked reporters covering the story. he has literally threatened reporters. even though fox employs reporters themselves. and probably do not take kindly to this. now they have moved on to strategy round two. their new strategy for trying to paper over this, with the highest profile guy in this whole part of our national media, their new strategy is essentially to say who cares? he has great ratings. when the media watchdog eye media ethics.org asked about the growing list of allegations made, this is what they got back. when asked for comment on the latest series of questions about o'reilly that his ratings have gone up. they also provided a statement
that did not address the substance of the allegations against mr. o'reilly. nothing to say about the substance. but his ratings are awesome. when we reported on this story earlier this week, that's what they told us, too. we contacted the fox news channel again to ask if they would give us any comment on the substance of these allegations in what was a very unexpected and sort of amusing development, they didn't -- we asked them for comment on the substance of the allegations. what they sent us was a lot of information about how great bill o'reilly's ratings are. i have seen your ratings shoot my ratings in the head.
well, i have seen pictures of it anyway. fox has gotten mad at me for that. fox was asked for comment and fox said i completely misrepresented their communication with this program. for the record, what i said on wednesday night is quite literally true. we asked for a comment on the substance of these allegations about mr. o'reilly. they sent us a previous statement defending bill o'reilly. they sent us contact information for his book publishers which is nice, but we asked for a fox news comment, and links to other pilot aulz people's articles about bill o'reilly. they gave us no new comment. but they did give us all of that junk and a cash of data on how great his ratings are. and yes, you're ratings are great. stipulated.
out of all of us in cable news, you get the closest to the zombie after show and the gold rush guys. excellent for you, truly. but seriously, that cannot be the response of a news network to substantive allegations that your talent is lying repeatedly on the air about news stories. repeatedly, recently, and repeatedly. they essentially say turns out lying is good business for us. it is also untenable for a news organization to say that the facts of what gets said on their air, as news, do not matter. not if the ratings are good. honestly, that cannot be your position.
people treat fox news like it is sort of a news organization, right? the fox news channel and anchors are about to host a bunch of major party organizations coming up. there are real news people that work there and they want to be seen as a real news organization. they demand to be. but if they're defense is that it's okay if they lie on the air as long as it rates -- this cannot hold. maybe it is getting to them. last night mr. o'reilly spent a good portion of his show attacking msnbc on the basis of his superior ratings. yes, what you are selling your office is working quantitatively. congratulations. woo-hoo. honestly, the fox news channel cannot be seen as a news channel as long as that continues to be true. ultimately, that's what it is.
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more legal chaos in alabama this week. same sex couples were allowed to marry, and then the counties were told not to do that, and the program judge said really, i meant it. little by little they did start granting gay couples marriage licenses. now they have stopped it again. full alabama supreme court told the alabama counties to stop letting people get married. so now it is not clear in alabama who will be able to get married, where, or what. in some cases it is not even clear who in alabama is married at this moment. when that new decision came out this week, the great george takei decided there ought to be a response.
decided to raise your wedding ring finger to alabama. a visual pun. you think it is one thing and then realize it's another. the hashtag is also luvualabama. you can here that as sarcastic, right? love you alabama and then flip off. or it can be like sending love to you from pennsylvania, ohio, utah, whatever. we're going to love you through this. on this show we have made a real effort to do stories from states where it can be difficult to live your life if politics are not well to the right. we talked about the crazy lady in hassles the muss lick school kids. or a lawmaker in iowa who thinks a woman's mouth is connected to her uterus. they hear back from the world go ahead and let texas succeed from
the union. do the rest of us news idaho any more? we hear that a lot. this weekend is the 50th anniversary of bloody sunday in alabama. demanding the right to vote. they will be marching across the bridge again in selma. it will be a big commemoration. when we see those historical pictures this weekend, from what those heros went up against on that march, it is a good reminder than the people that walked into those police lines and into the police dogs, a lot were not just marching on alabama, they were from alabama, marching to change their own terrible, violent government. and maybe it was the worst place in the country, but people from there fought to change it. we celebrate it as a national turning point and a national victory that they did. when you look at where things are terrible, it is probably natural to say never mind, alabama, you're a waste of space. and when you see all of that
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so much fun with our contestant, we wanted to give him another shot at glory. so who is our guest? >> that would be eddie gutierrez, a graphic designer, he loves to cook but says he's not food at it. >> eddie, my old friend, welcome back. nice to see you again. >> hi, rachel. >> i'm also terrible at cooking. the difference between you and i, i don't like it. you know how this works. i'm going to ask you three questions, you get two or more right, and this is the prize you could win. no, not that one. that's what you win. and if you get all three right, or if you -- i'm docking your pay -- if you get all three right, we'll send you something random that we found squirreled away in our office. >> these are the big checks from big tobacco. they were handed out by john boehner on the floor of the house.
this is our prop version. >> there you have it. you get a worthless prop. tada! we also need to bring in the disembodied voice of steve benin. he will determine if you get the right answer. >> welcome back, eddie. >> hi, steve. >> question one. monday's show, on monday's show, we reported that senator barbara mccullski of maryland will not run for re-election. which of the following is not true. a, she's the longest serving woman in congress. b, she refuses to wear pantsuits. c, she has a super nova named after her. or d, her receptionist is maryland governor martin o'mally's mother.
which of those is not true? >> umm, b. >> b as in boy? >> yes, b as in boy, refuses to wear pant suits. >> steve, did he get it right? >> let's check it from monday's show. >> in 1993, she and senator braun broke the dress code in the senate by refusing to wear a skirt or a dress. it was the pant suit rebellion. >> yes, the rebellion, and the answer is b. >> she loves pant suits too much. yes, you got that one correct. well done. you got to get two right to win the prize. this is from wednesday's show. we reported on the oral arguments at the supreme court in that pending case that could scrap obamacare all together. during oral arguments, justice kennedy made a comment that seemed to indicate he had some constitutional concerns about what would happen if obamacare got dumped. so what happened in the world
after justice kennedy made that comment in court? a, justice scalia walked out? b, justice ruth bader ginsburg popped him one in the kisser. c, news organizations mistakenly reported that justice kennedy issued a ruling in the case. or d, hospital stocks spiked. they shot way up. which of those things happened after justice kennedy's remarks during oral arguments? >> d, hospital stocks shot up. >> steve, the right answer? >> after he said that today in the oral arguments in this case, look what happened. hospital stocks surge after justice kennedy criticizes obamacare surge. >> health care stocks way up on wednesday. >> eddie, you're a ringer. your last question, i have to warn you, i think this is a difficult question, but i also have great faith in you now that we're old friends.
it is from tuesday's show. are you ready? >> yes. >> tuesday's show, we talked about retired four-star general former cia director david petraeus pleading guilty to mishandling classified information. he apparently gave that information to a woman he was schtooping who was also writing a biography of him. what is the name of that biography of him? was it a, all in. the education of david petraeus. b, "hardball", the wars office david petraeus. c, the last word, the triumph of david petraeus. or d, the ed show with david petraeus? >> oh, boy. i'll say -- yeah, it is a hard one. okay.
any other questions? >> it's not d. it's not the ed show. it's either all in, hardball or the last word. >> hardball. >> steve, do you have the answer for us? >> you know, i would really like read a book called the ed show of david petraeus. i'm afraid the correct answer is a, all in. >> eddie, you made a seriously -- you made a yomen's effort to get that. we know that eddie won the cocktail shaker. i make an executive decision that you also get the worth also prop. >> thank you. love you. >> eddie, you're the best. say hi to everybody. >> love you. >> love you too. >> see you. if you want to play the most awesome game in basic cable news, send us an e-mail.
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